- a room fitted with equipment for washing the hands and face and usually with flush toilet facilities.
- a flush toilet; water closet.
- a bowl or basin with running water for washing or bathing purposes; washbowl.
- any place where washing is done.
Origin of lavatory
Examples from the Web for lavatory
He jiggled the faceted glass door knob to let the person inside know he was hogging the lavatory.Exclusive Excerpt: MLK's Haunting Final Hours
April 24, 2010
If you step into the lavatory with him, he'll show you the scar.
Just before we reached Overton I went into the lavatory to fix my hair.Grace Harlowe's Problem
Jessie Graham Flower
It is well known what disorder was caused by this 'question of the lavatory.'Spontaneous Activity in Education
The lavatory door had jammed, as doors will jam in earthquakes.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Conduct this gentleman to the lavatory, and assist him in making his ablutions.The Free Lances
- Also called: toilet, water closet, WC
- a sanitary installation for receiving and disposing of urine and faeces, consisting of a bowl fitted with a water-flushing device and connected to a drain
- a room containing such an installation
- the washing place in a convent or monastic establishment
Word Origin and History for lavatory
late 14c., "washbasin," from Latin lavatorium "place for washing," noun use of neuter of adjective lavatorius "pertaining to washing," from lavatus, past participle of lavare "to wash" (see lave). Sense of "washroom" is first attested 1650s; as a euphemism for "toilet, W.C.," it is attested by 1864.